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NFL : First Half Matchup
Sunday 10/20/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore
 First Half Results



CINCINNATI (4 - 2) at DETROIT (4 - 2)
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Week 7 Sunday, 10/20/2013 1:00 PM
Board First Half
CINCINNATI - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-2+1.83-23-320.210.2355.7(5.4)
Road Games1-2-1.60-22-118.011.3363.0(5.5)
Last 3 Games2-1+0.51-21-215.37.7363.3(5.2)1.715.76.7302.0(4.8)1.0
CINCINNATI - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.710.919.531:4128-106(3.8)22-3660.0%246(6.8)64-352(5.5)(15.5)
Offense Road Games18.011.320.033:2427-97(3.5)25-3865.2%266(6.9)66-363(5.5)(20.2)
Defense (All Games)18.59.318.528:2126-101(3.9)21-3758.4%216(5.9)62-318(5.1)(17.2)
Opponents Offensive Avg.22.812.519.830:3326-111(4.2)23-3860.9%252(6.7)64-364(5.7)(15.9)
Defense Road Games21.79.018.329:2130-100(3.3)22-3463.1%227(6.6)64-327(5.1)(15.1)
CINCINNATI - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.71.71.915-639.2%1-045.5%2-53(22.4)22-2(10.1)6-57
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-536.0%1-040.0%3-60(22.5)2-16(8.9)3-42
Opponents Avg. Stats For10.71.7 14-535.8%1-044.0%2-51(22.4)22-2(9.9)6-52
Stats Against (Road Games) 16-846.9%1-166.7%3-64(24)2-6(3.6)4-55

DETROIT - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-2+1.84-23-327.014.0378.5(5.8)1.323.312.3393.2(6.3)2.2
Home Games2-0+22-02-037.021.5428.0(6.1)2.528.013.5373.5(6.6)4.0
Last 3 Games2-1+12-12-126.713.3346.3(5.3)1.323.712.0420.3(6.6)2.0
Dome Games2-1+0.82-12-131.719.0392.7(6)
DETROIT - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.25.613.52131:0627-102(3.8)24-3764.0%268(7.2)64-370(5.8)(14.4)
Offense Home Games37.021.525.534:0431-138(4.4)25-3965.4%290(7.4)70-428(6.1)(11.6)
Defense (All Games)23.312.320.728:5223-125(5.4)24-4061.3%268(6.8)63-393(6.3)(16.8)
Opponents Offensive Avg.23.512.220.129:5424-110(4.5)24-3861.7%256(6.7)62-366(5.9)(15.6)
Defense Home Games28.013.517.025:5619-118(6.2)22-3760.0%255(6.8)56-373(6.6)(13.3)
DETROIT - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against10.91.92.414-641.7%1-159.1%2-57(25.1)18-2(9.9)6-53
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 13-428.6%1-180.0%2-52(23.8)2-11(4.5)7-54
Opponents Avg. Stats For1.20.71.9 13-536.2%1-149.9%2-57(23.8)16-2(8.1)6-53
Stats Against (Home Games) 11-113.0%2-175.0%4-100(25.1)1-11(7.7)4-41
Average power rating of opponents played: CINCINNATI 22,  DETROIT 20.2
CINCINNATI - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/8/2013@ CHICAGO21-24L3T41O21-6326-33-277328-8121-33-2421
9/22/2013GREEN BAY34-30W3W48.5O24-8220-28-215430-18226-43-2174
9/29/2013@ CLEVELAND6-17L-3.5L43U20-6323-42-203230-8925-38-2470
10/6/2013NEW ENGLAND13-6W2W45.5U39-16220-27-179218-8218-38-1662
10/13/2013@ BUFFALO27-24W-5.5L41O41-16526-40-318132-13019-32-1921
10/20/2013@ DETROIT            
10/27/2013NY JETS            
10/31/2013@ MIAMI            
11/10/2013@ BALTIMORE            

DETROIT - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/15/2013@ ARIZONA21-25L-1L47U20-4924-36-273125-8723-40-2611
9/22/2013@ WASHINGTON27-20W-1W48U23-6325-42-378122-12032-50-3002
10/6/2013@ GREEN BAY9-22L10L52U19-6425-40-222033-18020-30-2690
10/13/2013@ CLEVELAND31-17W-1.5W43.5O28-11825-43-248121-12626-43-2692
11/10/2013@ CHICAGO            
11/17/2013@ PITTSBURGH            
CINCINNATI: The Bengals have grown into offensive coordinator Jay Gruden's zone-blocking scheme nicely. Their offensive line, one of the NFL's best, should continue to improve this season. BenJarvus Green-Ellis should continue to take the majority of the work on first and second down. Rookie Giovani Bernard will be a change-of-pace and passing down back, although he could end up sharing that role with fellow rookie Rex Burkhead, who's considered to be more advanced in pass protection. Gruden runs a West Coast offense, but it's a passing game that attacks downfield much more aggressively than most WCOs. Andy Dalton is a shaky decision maker with accuracy that comes and goes, but his willingness to let A.J. Green make plays in traffic is what makes this offense go. Green does most of his work on the perimeter and deep. The second read is usually slot receiver Andrew Hawkins, and they run some designed plays to get TE Jermaine Gresham the ball. Their No. 2 receiver is rarely used, and Bernard figures to be the only back that does more than pass protect. The Bengals were balanced in the red zone last year, including a 50/50 run/pass split in goal-to-go situations. This underrated defense placed sixth in the NFL in total defense (320 YPG allowed) and ranked third in the league with 51 sacks, thanks to DT Geno Atkins (12.5 sacks) and DE Michael Johnson (11.5 sacks). In the second half of 2012, the Bengals allowed a paltry 12.8 PPG with 19 forced turnovers and three defensive touchdowns. New OLB James Harrison is familiar with AFC North opponents, and will help groom young LBs Vontaze Burfict and Rey Maualuga. The strong front seven allows the secondary to go after the football, collecting nearly as many INT (14) as TD passes allowed (16) last year.
DETROIT: The running game figures to be an afterthought again for the NFL's most pass-happy team. Reggie Bush is the new No. 1 back, but he was brought in more for his receiving skills and ability in space. His carries will come working off the passing game and likely be a lot of delays and draws, and often out of the shotgun. Mikel Leshoure, a tentative plodder who was a disaster last season, will hopefully perform better in his second season back from a torn Achilles. Joique Bell has a chance to push Leshoure for playing time, but his strength is more in the passing game, making him the likely odd man out. Expect a lot more of Matthew Stafford sitting back in shotgun with three and four receivers. Calvin Johnson is obviously the focal point, often working up the seam and breaking off when safeties sit deep. With no reliable No. 2 receiver, Brandon Pettigrew is Stafford's second option, working the middle of the field while Nate Burleson acts as a third receiver. Bush will have a big role in the screen game and figures to flex out to the slot at times. Ryan Broyles remains a question mark coming off a torn ACL, and Mike Thomas must prove he can make plays downfield. Leshoure figures to take the reps when they get down near the goal line, though Stafford runs the occasional sneak. The Lions took a gamble on fifth overall pick DE Ezekiel Ansah and added newcomer DL Jason Jones from Seattle to bolster a weak pass rush (34 sacks, T-20th in NFL). Former Texans SS Glover Quin adds toughness to the secondary that is still searching for a serviceable No. 2 corner behind top CB Chris Houston. They did little else to improve their sagging defense that allowed 24+ points in each of their final eight games and had multiple takeaways just five times in 2012. Detroit has the 2nd-hardest NFL schedule in 2013.
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*Bengals-Lions Preview* =======================


After being criticized by some as his team's weakness, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton responded with a strong performance as his team gained sole possession of first place for the first time in nearly four years.

He'll have to overcome the Detroit Lions' turnover-focused defense to lead Cincinnati to a fifth win in six games Sunday at Ford Field.

The Bengals' 3-2 start was said by some to be in spite of Dalton, whose 82.9 passer rating through the first five games ranked ninth in the AFC. All-Pro receiver A.J. Green's underwhelming production - he had only 22 catches for 199 yards and one touchdown in Weeks 2-5 - was also partially pinned on the third-year quarterback.

Then Dalton completed 26 of 40 passes for 337 yards and three TDs in a 27-24 overtime win at Buffalo on Sunday, earning conference Player of the Week honors. Green also had a big day with six receptions for 103 yards and a TD.

"Andy has done a great job all season," said running back Giovani Bernard, whose 73.0 yards per game from scrimmage trails only Eddie Lacy (76.0) among rookies. "He's going through a lot of scrutiny but he's been able to block all that out and been able to play (well)."

The win propelled the Bengals (4-2) to sole possession of first place in the AFC North for the first time since winning the 2009 division title.

Despite a defense that ranks among the league's top 10 units (317.7 ypg) and an offense just outside of it (355.7 ypg), Cincinnati's victories have come by an average of 6.0 points.

The Bengals blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead before winning on Mike Nugent's 43-yard field goal in the extra period.

"As far as the biggest improvement, it would be to close the games out," said coach Marvin Lewis, whose team is preparing for its second of four road games in a five-week stretch. "That's going to be important. We had a couple of opportunities to close it out and didn't get it done."

After playoff appearances each of the last two years, many expected Cincinnati to be in contention for the division lead. Detroit currently co-leading the NFC North with Chicago, however, has come as a much bigger surprise.

The Lions' 13 takeaways - tied for fourth in the league after finishing 27th with only 17 last year - have fueled a 4-2 start, matching their 2012 win total. In each game they've had a positive or even turnover margin, something they accomplished seven times all of last season.

DeAndre Levy had two interceptions in last week's 31-17 win at Cleveland and is tied for the NFL lead with four.

"We still have a long way to go, but when you look at our four wins, when we win the turnover battle, it puts us in good position to win the game," coach Jim Schwartz said.

Matthew Stafford and the offense have scored 34 points off those takeaways, tied for seventh in the NFL.

Stafford comes off his seventh career game with four-plus TDs, three of which went to Joseph Fauria. The undrafted rookie, who became the first tight end in team history with three TD catches, has five scoring receptions among his seven overall.

Cincinnati has surrendered three TDs to tight ends this year, including one last week to Buffalo. However, Cleveland's Jordan Cameron is the only opposing tight end to record more than 49 yards against the Bengals.

Even if they can contain Fauria, the added attention should help clear space for Calvin Johnson, who has been limited to seven catches for 69 yards over the last two games while being slowed by a knee injury.

"If he (Fauria) starts to get more attention, somebody has to get less," Schwartz said. "Generally, that's Calvin for us. Not many defenses want to do that."

Johnson caught six passes for 123 yards and a score in the last meeting, a 23-13 Cincinnati home victory on Dec. 6, 2009, the Bengals' fourth straight in the series.

Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $31,500 this week for a hit on Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden. He was already fined a league-record $100,000 for an illegal block versus Minnesota in Week 1.

Cincinnati leads the all-time series 7-3.

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Last Updated: 3/19/2019 10:02:55 PM EST

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